- Air Flights
Major airlines fly into Cape Town and Johannesburg on a daily basis. You won’t get cheaper fares by booking them in Southern Africa so you may as well book them from wherever you are/live.
- Baz Bus Hop on Hop off
The Baz Bus is a hop-on, hop-off backpackers bus in South Africa.
It’s an easy way to get from A to B and a fun way to meet other travellers. They drop you at your backpacking hostel door.
- Buy back Car Companies
Buy a car here for your journey through Southern Africa and save up to 60% in rental fees!
- Car Hire South Africa
There are a number of cheap car hire operators in South Africa.
All of the cities in South Africa have car hire branches.
- Long distance trains
Southern Africa does not have a great railroad infrastructure so travelling by train is fairly restrictive (but fun nonetheless).
- Minibus taxis
Without doubt, the cheapest way to travel is to use local black transport systems or “minibus taxis”. They require nerves of steel but are definitely the most efficient way to get around pretty much anywhere in South Africa.
Long Distance Buses
There are a number of long distance buses including Translux, Intercape, Greyhound and the Baz Bus (which is the only real backpacker bus).
- Mainliner bus services
These are usually air-conditioned “luxury buses” which have on-board toilets and a hostess who occasionally offers you a sugary drink or blanket.
“Chicken (pack ‘em and stack ‘em) busses” are cheaper, less spacious, more crowded, more likely to be fun (if you have a sense of humour) and more likely to break down. In some areas they may be the only bus service and are unlikely to have a strict timetable.
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Offer some of the best tours into the Addo Elephant Park
(Addo Elephant Park,Eastern Cape Inland and the Karoo)
Possibly one of the best hiking trails in the world.....
(Port St Johns,Wild Coast)
Set in a quaint old Karoo house, The Owl House Backpackers is a must for anyone who has the time, or needs a spiritual boost.
(Nieu Bethesda,Eastern Cape Inland and the Karoo)
This Jeffrey's Bay backpackers is located next to the lagoon and has miles of nature reserve - a truly lovely spot.
(Jeffreys Bay,Sunshine Coast)
Le Paradis lodge lies just 200m from the beach with a 180° sea view on the South Coast of KZN.
This Hluhluwe backpackers is conveniently situated for easy access to Hluhluwe/iMfolozi park.
A newly renovated Backpackers in the heart of Cape Town!
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)
Kammanassie backpackers in Uniondale can be found on a road less travelled, and therefore a good alternative to the N2 zoom.
Myxo’s Cultural Tours
People from PE are smooth operators when it comes to finding a soul mate to share their ride.
(Port Elizabeth,Sunshine Coast)